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Albert Chao holds both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University at Buffalo's dual degree program in Media Architecture Computing.
He is a designer working at the intersection of technology, art and architecture.
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, New York, NY, US, Intern
Collaborating on the design and implementation of a citizen distributed air quality
sensing network with the Urban Research Group.
Liminal Projects, Buffalo, NY, US, Research and Design Assistant
Developed schematic proposal for Elmwood Franklin School extension that emphasized sustainable strategies.
Border Town, Toronto, ON, CA, Selected artist and designer
Participated in a ten week studio with other artists, architects and writers to discuss pertinent border issues. Created individual project for group exhibition.
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistant for Architectural History I and II. Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. Professor Hadas Steiner.
-Taught and led discussion sessions. Developed lesson plans and administered grades.
Teaching Assistant for First Year Architecture Studio. Fall 2009 and Spring 2010. Professor Joyce Hwang, Shadi Nazarian, Nicholas Bruscia and Christopher Romano.
-Taught model building and drawing techniques. Guided students in developing conceptual
ideas and design proposals.
Teaching Assistant for Contemporary Architecture Theory. Fall 2009. Professor Jean LaMarche
-Assisted in leading discussions in graduate seminar. Administered grades.
Jordan Geiger of Office Ga-Ga, Laura Garafalo, Buffalo, NY, US, Collaborator and designer on Land Art Generator Initiative Competition
Submitted entry focused on new interactions with energy harvesting technologies.
(asap) adam sokol architecture practice pllc, Buffalo, NY, Construction Assistant
Worked on light carpentry, window and water drainage details and installation of HVAC systems in a new built house. Coordinated with different contractors.
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, Fred Wallace Brunkow Fellow. Co-editor of Intersight
Designed the layout of Intersight, an annual UB School of Architecture and Planning publication. Coordinated meetings with students, professors, advisors, and printers.
CannonDesign, Shanghai, China, Intern
Coordinated communication between offices of Shanghai, Boston and Los Angeles. Design collaborator on plant wall installation for office in Ordos, Inner Mongolia.
Artvoice, Buffalo, NY, US, Columnist, Polis Scholarship
Published weekly column entitled “Design Matters” in Artvoice, a local alternative publication. Topics range between art, architecture and design.
Pirkkala Sculpture Symposium, Pirkkala, Finland, Artist Assistant
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, MArch, Dual Architecture and Fine Arts Masters Degree
Graduated from the Media Architecture Computing program: http://cast.ap.buffalo.edu/mac/
Part of the Situated Technologies Research Group.
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, BArch, Bachelor of Fine Arts, University Honors College
Architectural Research Centers Consortium King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Design Research, Award
Eleanor Allwork Scholarship, Center for Architecture Foundation in NYC, Award
Buckminster Fuller Scholarship, UB School of Architecture and Planning, Award
Design Excellence Award, UB School of Architecture and Planning, Award
Fred Wallace Brunkow Fellowship, UB School of Architecture and Planning, Award
Skerker Scholarship, UB School of Architecture and Planning, 1st Place
Polis Scholarship, Award